December, 2010

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11 B2B Marketing Predictions for 2011

Buzz Marketing for Technology

Around this time last year I wrote about the 10 B2B Marketing Predictions for 2010 and while I would say 7 out of 10 have already materialized and the others are on their way. So that begs the question – what’s on the horizon specifically for B2B Marketers next year?

SAL is the Glue that Binds Sales and Marketing in Lead Generation

Industrial Marketing Today

A lead is a lead, right? Depends – are you in marketing or in sales? SAL – Sales Accepted Leads is the bridge between Marketing Qualified Leads (MQL) and Sales Qualified Leads (SQL). No, I am not splitting hairs nor am I indulging in semantics.

How PR and Social Media Can Work Together

Webbiquity

Social media and PR would seem to be natural allies. Both are primarily focused on brand awareness, credibility building and image enhancement. Both are critical tools for dealing with bad news or crisis situations. Both require relationships with influential people in one’s industry to be effective.

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Top-10 B2B Marketing Topics of 2010

Everything Technology Marketing

With 2010 coming to an end, it is time for a quick review of the most popular B2B marketing posts on the Everything Technology Marketing blog. The 10 Most Popular Blog Posts (by number of re-tweets) 1 - 5 Steps to B2B Marketing Success (100) 2 - The Brave New World of B2B Marketing - Are You Ready?

5 Key Aspects of Accurate Marketing Automation System Software Pricing

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The End of ‘Social Media’

Paul Gillin

This is the time of year when a lot of people make predictions. I’ll resist that urge, though, and instead present a plea: Let’s make 2011 the year we stop talking about “social media.”. It’s not that social media is no longer important. On the contrary, today there’s almost no media today that isn’t social. The problem with much of the discussion is that it’s been focused on tools, and tools are far less interesting than what people do with them.

Seven Ways to Use Social Media for Business

Webbiquity

Though business use of social media is rapidly increasing, many executives remain skeptical of its value.

Teradata Buys Aprimo for $525 Million: More Marketing Automation Consolidation To Come

Customer Experience Matrix

Summary: Teradata's acquisition of Aprimo takes the largest remaining independent marketing automation vendor off the market. The market will probably split between enterprise-wide suites and more limited marketing automation systems. Teradata announced today that is acquiring marketing automation vendor Aprimo for a very hefty $525 million – even more than the $480 million that IBM paid for somewhat larger Unica in August. Given the previous Unica deal.

12 Quick Content Marketing Tips and Trends

What Works - What Doesn't

The frigid cold along Route 128 the other morning didn’t keep a standing-room-only crowd from Schwartz Communications’ Breakfast Roundtable on content marketing (using information shared on the Web to drive sales.)

Effective B2B Marketing Content That Will Lead to Sales Growth

Effective marketing content leads to increased sales productivity, more revenue, greater marketing effectiveness and stronger alignment between marketing and sales.

How to make social media add up to thought leadership

Chris Koch

Back in the eighties, when newspapers were only beginning to disappear, I worked for a local paper in a very competitive (journalistically, anyway) part of the world: the moneyed, New York City suburban area of Fairfield County, CT (Greenwich, Stamford, etc.). Among the five different newspapers that covered the same turf as I did was the New York Times, which had a section called “Connecticut Weekly” on Sundays.

The New Marketing World: Conversations not Campaigns

B2B Lead Generation Blog

In just a couple of days, I’ll be in Barcelona speaking at the Cisco Partner Velocity Conference. To say I’m looking forward to this opportunity is an understatement. I'm honored to be asked to share my insights with their channel partners from around the world. And I can’t wait to hear firsthand the challenges and opportunities these marketers are dealing with. The timing of this event couldn't be better. Marketing is undergoing a remarkable evolution at this moment.

4 Tips for B2B Marketing on Facebook

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Five Audiences for Social Media Marketing

Webbiquity

One of the first precepts aspiring writers learn is to “write for your readers.&# A technical audience is different from a business one. C-level executives respond to different messages than do mid-level management. Every industry and profession has it’s own “language.&#.

Stop Killing Your Content: 3 Reasons Your Content Falls Flat

Each year B2B organizations spend more than $5.2 billion on content creation.

Ranking B2B Marketing Automation Vendors: Part 2

Customer Experience Matrix

Summary: Yesterday's post described the objectives of my product fit scores for B2B marketing automation vendors and how I set up the original weighting for individual elements. But the original set of scores seemed to favor more complex products, even for small business marketers.

The New B2B Buyer Dialog: A Conversation with Kathleen Schaub

The Point

Most B2B companies will readily acknowledge how much the Web has transformed the way they market their product or service, most visibly in the form of vehicles like search, content marketing, social media, and lead management.

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2011 Social Media Forecast: Digging deeper

grow - Practical Marketing Solutions

It’s traditional to make predictions for the upcoming year but I hate being traditional. Yet … it’s just too irresistible — so much happening! Most of the forecasts I’ve seen have missed some important ideas. Here are a few things to watch in my humble estimation!

The More B2B Marketing Changes, the More It Stays the Same

B2B Lead Generation Blog

I’m back from presenting at the Cisco Partner Velocity Conference in Barcelona; the experience was every bit as meaningful and memorable as I thought it would be. You see, I turned 40 there and brought my family along to celebrate. It was a great experience for all of us.

7 Inspiring B2B Marketing Campaigns

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12 Social Media Tools for B2B Pre-Event Marketing

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What a Trifecta of a Year!

Buzz Marketing for Technology

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Predictions for B2B Marketing in 2011

Customer Experience Matrix

I don't usually bother with the traditional "predictions for next year" piece at this time of year. But I happened to write one in response to a question at the Focus online community last week. So I figured I'd share it here as well. Summary: 2011 will see continued adjustment as B2B lead generators experiment with the opportunities provided by new media. Marketing automation hits an inflection point, or maybe two.

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Augmented Reality For B2B Marketing in 2011? | B2B Marketing Insider

B2B Marketing Insider

If you've ever seen Star Trek, Minority Report or just about any other movie based in the future, you have seen augmented reality in use, albeit in a

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Customer Success and Marketing Alignment: The Key to Unlocking Customer Advocacy

Most B2B companies say the customer experience is a priority, but their teams are not prepared or coordinated enough to make this a reality.

Research casts new light on Twitter demographics

grow - Practical Marketing Solutions

So much social media research is statistical crappola that I wanted to highlight some of the best work going on out there right now. Luckily for us The Pew Internet & American Life Project has turned its attention to social media and has already put out some very interesting reports.

The More B2B Marketing Changes, the More It Stays the Same

B2B Lead Generation Blog

I’m back from presenting at the Cisco Partner Velocity Conference in Barcelona; the experience was every bit as meaningful and memorable as I thought it would be. You see, I turned 40 there and brought my family along to celebrate. It was a great experience for all of us.

The State of the Blogosphere 2010

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FOUND the ROI of Social Media for B2B Marketers!

Buzz Marketing for Technology

I think it is fair to say that Social Media has hit the mainstream these days but the big concern on every B2B Marketers mind has been where is the ROI?

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7 B2B Marketing Strategies You Need to Know About

As B2B marketers, we know that our buyers' needs are ever-evolving, but it's not just our buyers that are changing.

Ranking B2B Marketing Automation Vendors: How I Built My Scores (part 1)

Customer Experience Matrix

Summary: The first of three posts describing my new scoring system for B2B marketing automation vendors. I’ve finally had time to work up the vendor scores based on the 150+ RFP questions I distributed back in September.

Social Media RFP Gets An Update

Paul Gillin

One of the social marketing practitioners I most admire is Maggie Fox, whose Social Media Group was a pioneer in creating new-media campaigns long before it was fashionable. About a year ago, Social Media Group published a comprehensive and intelligent template for creating requests for proposal (RFPs) for social marketing campaigns.

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What Is The Future Of The Social Media Role?

B2B Marketing Insider

Recently, I've been reading how “the role of the social media strategist will be changing” to become much more operational and covering more “mundane” tasks. Jeremiah Owyang from Altimeter is calling “2011: The Year of [Social

Marketers Deserve Attention Too

B2B Lead Generation Blog

Have you had some great marketing successes this year? Then you’ll want to let my colleagues at MarketingSherpa know. They’re compiling their ninth annual MarketingSherpa 2011 Wisdom Report. It shares the best thoughts, ideas, anecdotes and takeaways from marketers in 2010. In fact, even if you've had disappointments, and are willing to share, they’d like to hear from you as well. After all, failure is often the best teacher. Tell us, what are some of the best lessons you learned this year?

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